Bridging Gaps in Energy Access: Intersections Between Basic Service Provision, Public Health, and Climate Action
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About the Event
Join the Penn IUR Forum on Urban Informality for the second event in the 2021 Summer eSeminar Series, which will focus on the opportunities, challenges, and tradeoffs of increasing clean energy access in the Global South as they relate to basic energy needs, human health, and climate change considerations. According to UN figures, nearly 800 million people globally lack access to electricity. Roughly 3 billion people use wood, charcoal, coal, or animal waste for cooking and heating, which carry direct health risks due to indoor air pollution. While the share of renewable energy in electricity consumption increased globally in the late 2010s, the share of renewable energy in heating (24% worldwide) continues to reflect the significant reliance of biomass in the Global South.
This event will feature presentations by Deepti Chatti, Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies, Affiliate Faculty, Schatz Energy Research Centre, Humboldt State University, and Beryl Ajwang, Research Analyst, Energy Access Program, World Resources Institute (WRI) Africa. The discussion will be moderated by Penn IUR Affiliated PhD Student Samuel Geldin.
This event is co-sponsored by the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy.